NUGS wants national service pay increased by 43%
The National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) has requested President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to increase the allowance for national service personnel from GH 800 to GH 559.
According to NUGS President Dennis Appiah Larbi, the current allocation was “in no way comprehensible! “.
Mr. Larbi, in a social media post, said the appeal was made to President Akufo-Addo during a meeting on Thursday (November 3, 2022).
Mr Larbi said the NUGS leadership had told the president that the request, if granted, would be seen as a sign of good faith by the country’s young people.
“This afternoon, I asked the President of the Republic in a meeting, an increase in the allowance of the NSS to 800 cedis,” he posted on Facebook.
“It is important to show good faith to get young people to understand the times we find ourselves in. As part of the request to the President of Ghana this afternoon, we made a passionate request for an increase from the NSS allowance to 800 cedis! I repeat 559 is by no means understandable!”
NUGS also called on the President to suspend tuition and accommodation fees given the current economic challenges.
History of NSS Allocation Increases
In December 2016, the government approved the payment of GHC559.04 to national service personnel as a monthly allowance (effective 1 January 2017).
The revised amount represented a 60% increase from the 350 GH? staff received at the time.
In January 2014, the national service scheme allowance was increased from GH 243.48 to GH 350.00.